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Acne--this chronic inflammatory skin problem affects millions of Americans. Are you one of them? if you are, your Andover dermatologists, Dr. Alan Rockoff and Dr. Katherine Fening, would like to help. At The Rockoff Dermatology Center, they diagnose and treat teens and adults who wish to manage their acne lesions, have clearer skin and feel better about themselves. Learn here about treatment, and have hope.
Who and where?
Acne typically plagues more teens than adults. However, in recent years, says the American Academy of Dermatology, physicians and aestheticians see more and more women in the thirties, forties and beyond.
Typical areas affected by whiteheads, blackheads, and even severe cystic acne include the:
- Upper arms
In the most stubborn acne, patients experience redness, soreness, pain and even infection. Of course, the psycho-social consequences can be devastating as well.
Treating and managing acne
At The Rockoff Dermatology Center, Dr. Rockoff and Dr. Fening diagnose acne by visual inspection and by listening to their patient's symptoms (when lesions appear and what may help). Then, based on their findings, the Andover dermatologists devise individualized care plans to reduce flare-ups and scarring and help improve self-image.
Treatments may include:
- Topically-applied antibiotics
- Over-the-counter cleansers (benzoyl peroxide is a common active ingredient)
- Isotrenoin (Accutane), or other retinol prescription
- In-office extraction of comedones
At home, patients can take more control of their break-outs by:
- Gently washing their faces, and other affected areas, twice a day with mild soap or cleanser as recommended
- Avoiding picking at lesions
- Avoiding oily cosmetics, including lotions and sunscreen (they tend to plug pores and hair follicles)
- Getting sensible amounts of sunshine (but do not tan or burn)
- Limiting greasy and fatty foods and increasing intake of fruits and vegetables
It can be good when you enlist the help of the caring professionals at The Rockoff Dermatology Center. If you are struggling with acne, please call one of our convenient offices for a consultation. In Brookline, MA call (617) 731-2390. In Andover, MA phone (978) 475-9230.
Find out what ways will work best for reducing your acne outbreaks.
Nothing is more embarrassing than discovering that a pimple is flaring up right before a big interview or special occasion. While you could just cover up the pimple, wouldn’t it be better if you didn’t have to deal with acne as often in the first place? Our Brookline and Andover, MA, dermatologists, Dr. Alan Rockoff and Dr. Katherine Fening, think so, too.
Here are some simple tips to reduce your acne breakouts:
Wash Your Face
This may seem like obvious advice, but it’s important that you are washing your face twice a day (in the morning and again at night). Stay away from harsh cleansers, which could make your acne-prone skin worse. Be as gentle as possible with your skin while washing it. Vigorously washing it won’t remove bacteria more effectively but it will make skin more inflamed and make acne worse.
Always Apply Moisturizer
Many people worry that if they apply a moisturizer to their skin it might actually make acne and oily skin worse. Of course, dry skin can also increase your chances of breakouts, too. The best option is to choose a moisturizer that’s right for your skin type. You can apply a richer moisturizer to these dry regions while also applying a lighter moisturizer to more oily sections of your skin.
Consider Acne Products
You may find that you are able to tackle more mild acne symptoms with over-the-counter products that contain active acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Be aware that these products can dry out the skin, particularly when you first start using them, so always test it on a patch of skin first. If you have questions about the best acne-fighting products to use, talk to our Brookline and Andover skin doctor.
Inspect Other Products You Use
Whether you wear makeup every day or you put gel in your hair, there are a plethora of other products out there that people use on a day-to-day basis and don’t even think about the fact that it could be causing their acne. Look for makeup labels that say they are noncomedogenic, which means they won’t clog pores. Also look for more natural and gentle hair products. If you have oily hair, you will also want to wash your hair more often to prevent breakouts along the hairline.
Clean Your Phone
How often do you clean your cellphone? This might be disturbing to think about, as most people don’t. Regardless of whether you wear makeup or not, bacteria from your purse, the pocket of your jeans or even your desk can easily accumulate on your phone throughout the day. When you make a call, the bacteria have now gotten onto your skin. Pack sanitizing wipes with you and make sure to clean your phone at least once a day.
If you are ready to get professional help when it comes to tackling your acne symptoms, then there is no better place to turn then The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Brookline and Andover, MA. Our dermatologists are dedicated to getting your skin healthier.
What you need to know about acne treatment options
If you have acne, you’re not alone. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Each year, 80% of teens and 5% of adults will experience acne. But you don’t have to suffer with acne! Summer is coming and you want to be able to enjoy baring some skin without worrying about unsightly acne. Dr. Alan Rockoff at The Rockoff Dermatology Center, in Andover and Brookline, Massachusetts, wants to help you get rid of your acne.
Your pores can become clogged with dead skin cells, excess oil, and bacteria. Your plugged pores become red, swollen and inflamed, causing acne. The acne can appear as small clusters of whiteheads or blackheads, or large, painful welts that can spread over a large area of your body.
There’s a lot of advice out there about how to treat acne. Some recommend you leave the acne alone and let it go away on its own. This isn’t always a good idea because acne can cause scarring as it heals.
There are also a lot of over-the-counter treatments available, containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. If you have mild acne, these treatments may work. If you have moderate to severe acne, you will definitely benefit from acne treatment by Dr. Rockoff.
Dr. Rockoff will suggest professional acne treatments that can include:
- Oral and topical antibiotic treatments to clear infected pores
- High strength benzoyl peroxide to reduce pore blockage
- Tretinoin, a derivative of vitamin A, to unplug pores
- Extraction treatment to remove whiteheads and blackheads
- Treatments for hormone-related acne
You don’t need to let acne take over your life and make you self-conscious about how you look. Don’t live with the low self-esteem acne can cause when help is just a phone call away. It’s time to call Dr. Rockoff at The Rockoff Dermatology Center with offices in Andover, and Brookline, Massachusetts. Get your skin ready for warmer weather by calling today!